Online business analytics programs – flexible, focused, and short – are popping up across the country. Every degree is different, so we recommend a good, hard look at all the school profiles. Trying to get a handle on quality? Some of the schools below also appear in our ranking of the 21 Top Schools with Master’s in Business Analytics Programs.
Choosing an Online Business Analytics Program
Though an online MBA or MSBA is usually less expensive than a campus degree, you still want a solid ROI. Along with a university’s overall reputation, the time commitment, and the cost, here are a few other things to consider when choosing a distance learning program:
- Will an online master’s degree in business analytics advance my career? Does it prepare you for industry certifications (e.g. SAS)? Does it allow you to apply for executive-level jobs? Will you bump you to a higher pay scale?
- How do the analytics courses apply to my current work? Strong degrees will find ways to blend your “on-the-ground” experiences with your online coursework (e.g. team-based challenges). You want to be solving business problems, not just playing with numbers.
- What kinds of business analysis projects do online students work on? Use LinkedIn profiles to explore the websites of alumni. Find their GitHub code. At the end of the degree, you should have measurable assets to show employers.
- Are the other resources I’ll be exposed to helpful? Find out what software and programs you’ll be using. Explore the research centers connected to the degree. The aim is to be exposed to the latest technologies and discoveries in your chosen field.
- Do online faculty have useful ties to business? Check their profiles to discover a) if they consult or work part-time for companies b) if they’re involved in public/private research partnerships c) if they have specific business domain strengths (e.g. industrial engineering).
- Who will you meet and how will you meet them? Making new contacts is a major plus of a business analytics degree. Does the format include chatrooms and virtual conferences? Can you talk to guest speakers that you respect?
- Where do alumni of online business analytics programs get jobs? LinkedIn is your friend here. You can search for the program’s name to find out if graduates are working in your kind of dream career (or not).
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If you’re unsure about an online degree vs. an on-campus one, we lay out specific pros and cons in our article on Online Data Science Programs.
We found 29 universities in our directory offering online Master's in Business Analytics or online MS in Analytics degrees. Detailed profiles of each program appear below.
For our full list of Master's in Business Analytics / MS in Analytics programs (including all the on-campus programs), please click here.
Analytics@American is the online Master of Science in Analytics (MSAn) from American University's Kogod School of Business. Through a combination of collaborative online classes, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning experiences, Analytics@American students become experts in evidence-based data gathering, data modeling, and quantitative analysis. They will also learn how to implement these tools to make strong business decisions and provide organizations with competitive advantages. Program coursework builds a foundation in data-related business practices, and students then have the option to focus their studies by selecting from three specially designed concentrations: Business Foundations, Cybersecurity, Financial Analytics, and Marketing Analytics. Classes are designed and led by Kogod faculty members who take a student-centered, team-based approach to delivering a world-class business education. Analytics@American does not require GMAT or GRE scores to apply.
American University offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics that students can complete primarily online. MBA candidates must take part in at least two immersion sessions during the program. Immersions last three to four days each. At least one immersion session is held in Washington, D.C., annually, with the others taking place in a variety of U.S. and international cities. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit two letters of recommendation. The university does not require GRE or GMAT scores, but admissions decisions take into account factors such as an applicant's GPA, relevant work experience, and any advanced degrees. The program has four start dates each year, and students must complete 48 credits to earn the degree.
Capella University offers an online MBA in Business Intelligence that allows students to take traditional classes or to use the university's FlexPath option, which allows students to move through the material at their own, faster, pace. MBA classes are 12 weeks long with a one-week break between quarters. Students in the Business Intelligence program must earn 48 credits to graduate, including 33 credits in MBA core courses and 12 credits in specialization courses, which cover topics such as statistical methods, management decision methods, and data mining. Students must also complete a capstone project that requires them to apply their knowledge to a project related to their career. Applicants to the traditional program must have maintained a 2.3 GPA or higher while earning their bachelor's degree. FlexPath applicants must have a degree in business or a related field (such as accounting) or else have at least five years of relevant business experience.
Full Sail University
Full Sail University offers a completely online Master of Science in Business Intelligence that students can complete in one year by taking one course each month. The courses are laid out in an order that results in students receiving their capstone business case in Month 3. In the courses that follow, students will gain the knowledge necessary to develop a project plan, data warehouse, final report and presentation they will deliver in the capstone class at the end of their year of studies. Courses cover topics such as data management, business intelligence technology and analytics, data mining, process modeling, and data visualization. Applicants to the program must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA while earning an undergraduate degree in a field related to business intelligence. Students in the online-only degree program must also complete an orientation module and online readiness evaluation before beginning the course of study.
Saint Joseph's University
St. Joseph's University offers an entirely online program leading to a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (MSBIA). Graduates of the program also receive a Business Intelligence Certificate from SAS Inc. The 30-credit program includes classes in database management, enterprise data, business process modeling and analysis, data mining, and predictive analytics. In the capstone course, students write a thesis document that demonstrates and enhances their ability to communicate their analysis and recommendations to decision-makers. Courses for the online MSBIA program are delivered in six eight-week sessions during the year, and students may enter the program in January, May, or September. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college where they maintained a GPA of at least 2.5. St. Joseph's MSBIA is home to the International Journal of Business Intelligence Research, a peer-reviewed publication that focuses on the latest findings in the field.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has an online accelerated MBA program that offers an emphasis in data analytics. Students can earn their MBA in 18 months or less, and while they are in the program they will gain skills they can immediately apply in their current job. Online classes are taught by practicing professionals in areas such as international operations management, corporate finance, and quantitative decision making. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester, and there is no requirement to attend any courses on campus. Students can complete their capstone project at the location of their choosing. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.75.
Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Business offers a Master of Science in Business Analytics delivered 100% online. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months, gaining expertise in areas such as information systems, data modeling, and predictive analytics. The curriculum includes core courses in topics such as data analysis and decision making, business analytics, accounting analytics, marketing analytics, financial analytics and management science. Students can use electives to tailor the program to match their personal and career goals. Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree and at least a year of full-time professional experience. Experienced professionals may qualify for a GMAT waiver.
Villanova University offers a completely online Master of Science in Analytics that can be completed in as little as 20 months. The program is designed for working professionals, and most class sessions are offered in an asynchronous format for maximum flexibility. The 33-credit program covers all aspect of analytics, from data collection and analysis to using the information to plan and implement actions. As part of the program, students complete a practicum capstone project that requires them to apply their knowledge to a business problem. The curriculum includes 10 core and foundation classes plus the capstone. Each semester has two terms, and students take one or two classes per term. The ideal candidate for the program has a technical and quantitative background or experience in a job that requires data analysis or similar skills. Applicants must have passed an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics with at least a B.
American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University's Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (MSBIA) is offered in an entirely online format. Online classes run for eight weeks and incorporate weekly online discussion forums. Classes start monthly, allowing students to enter the program at any time. The MSBIA is a 36-credit program, and students are allowed to earn up to 18 of those credits through prior life experience credit and transfer of credit from another university. Required courses cover topics such as data analytics, business performance management, customer relationship management, data storage, and strategic management of technology and innovation. Students must complete a capstone research project to earn the degree. Applicants to the program must have earned a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 from an accredited college or university. American Sentinel has a career resource center that helps students and alumni prepare resumes, sharpen interview skills and search for jobs.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University offers an online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA) that allows students to earn the degree in 16 months. The 100 percent online program is designed for working professionals who want to continue to work full time while taking classes. Applicants should have a degree in math, science, technology or engineering and be proficient in statistics, calculus, programming and Excel. The program starts in January, and students take one five-week course at a time. The curriculum includes 10 courses and ends with an applied project. Topics covered include enterprise and applied analytics, data mining, data-driven quality management, and marketing analytics. The MS-BA program is designated as a STEM program by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and international students who complete the degree are eligible to work in the U.S. for 29 months after they graduate. Arizona State University offers a variety of online and on-campus career resources.
Auburn University's online Master of Business Administration offers a concentration in Business Analytics. The online MBA program allows students to attend class via livestreaming, or they may choose to view class content at a time that is convenient for them. New online MBA students are encouraged to attend orientation on campus before beginning the coursework, but attendance at orientation is not required. The MBA curriculum includes eight core courses and four electives that students take to fulfill the requirements for the concentration. In the capstone course, students work together to provide consultation to real businesses. Auburn's MBA program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. The online program is open only to residents of the United States and members of the U.S. military. Auburn is a Preferred School Partner for The Boeing Company's Learning Together program.
Bellevue University offers a fully online program leading to a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Online students can access classwork at their convenience, and they also can chat online with classmates and instructors in real time. To earn the M.S-Business Analytics degree, students must complete 12 courses, including five business foundation courses, three information systems foundation courses, and four business analytics courses. Business analytics courses cover topics such as SAS programming for business analytics, enterprise data, and data mining applications. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work or must have maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 for graduate work. Bellevue offers career services in person and online for students and alumni.
Boston University offers a completely online Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics Management (MSABAM). The program has an interdisciplinary curriculum that covers analytical functions in areas such as marketing, management, finance, operations, and innovation. The online program is set up so that students take one course at a time and can complete the program in as little as two years. Students may enter the program at six points during the year. To earn the degree, students must complete six core courses, four courses in the analytics specialization, and two electives. Before taking the required course in business analytics foundations, students may be required to take a seven-week, non-credit pre-analytics laboratory class online if they don't have the required knowledge of probability, statistics, and tools for working with data. Students who earn the MSABAM can return to BU within four years to add a graduate certificate to their credentials.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University offers the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) track of its Master of Science in Information Technology program in a part-time, online format. Students can complete the degree completely online, viewing campus lectures with on-demand streaming at a time of their choice. The program may include some live components, such as a web conference with a guest speaker. To earn the degree, students must complete 144 units of coursework, which is equivalent to 12 semester-long classes. Requirements include 60 units of core classes and 84 units in electives. Students may do independent study for up to 12 units of electives, and they may transfer credits worth 24 units from other graduate programs. Applicants to the BIDA program must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in a related field, an undergraduate-level object-oriented programming class, and the ability to synthesize complex concepts.
Columbia University in the City of New York
Columbia University's School of Professional Studies has introduced a Master of Science in Applied Analytics program with an online option. The program is built around three week-long courses held on the Columbia campus in New York City, where students will network and hear guest lecturers. Between those courses, students take courses online. The program accepts students only for fall entry, and students may attend on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the 36-credit program in three terms and part-time students can finish in six terms. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 and must demonstrate leadership and critical thinking skills. Students may submit GRE or GMAT scores to help make their case for admission.
Dakota State University
Dakota State University offers an entirely online Master of Science in Analytics that allows students to choose an optional track in healthcare analytics, information systems, or general business. Applicants to the program must have maintained at least a 2.7 GPA while earning a bachelor's degree from an accredited college. Their college transcript should show they completed classes in programming principles, database design and programming including SQL, and statistical principles. Students who do not meet those educational requirements may be required to take additional foundational courses. To earn the degree, students must take six core classes, two required classes in predictive analytics and advanced data mining applications, and two electives in their specialty area. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semester, and they may take classes as full-time or part-time students. Students must complete the degree requirements within five years of joining the program.
Grantham University offers a completely online Master of Science in Business Intelligence with multiple start times throughout the year. The program requires students to complete 37 credits, including 12 required courses and a one-credit Graduate Student Success class. Required courses cover topics such as balanced scorecards and performance dashboards, decision support and intelligent systems, management of information systems, and data warehousing. To earn the degree, students must complete a capstone project in business intelligence where they apply their knowledge to a real-world issue. Students are encouraged to select a work-related project that will benefit their company and help them to grow professionally. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Grantham accepts transfer credits and may grant credit for other experiences, such as military experience and employer courses. The college offers an online jobs portal and online employer information sessions for students and alumni.
Indiana University Bloomington
The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offers a 30-credit online Master of Science in Business Analytics that students can complete in as little as 15 months. Topics covered include quantitative analysis, data warehousing and visualization, simulation and optimization, business econometrics, and predictive analytics. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a related field, such as business, economics, statistics, information technology or engineering. Students can only enter the program in the fall semester, and they can attend classes as full-time or part-time students as long as they complete the coursework within a five-year period. Online classes are offered in four terms a year. The fall, winter and spring terms are 12 weeks and the summer term lasts 11 weeks. Indiana University also offers an online dual degree program that allows students to earn the M.S. in Business Analytics and an MBA with 63 credits, rather than the 81 credits needed to achieve both degrees separately.
The Master of Science in Business Analytics program at Lewis University is available in a completely online format for students who want to concentrate in Marketing Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, or Operations Analytics. The Financial Analytics concentration is only offered at the Lewis campus in Romeoville, Illinois. Content in the M.S. program focuses on both business and information technology and includes experience using current tools for data mining and analysis. The online program features eight-week courses, and classes have a limited enrollment to enhance interaction. Students also have 24/7 access to Lewis University's CloudLab, connecting students to virtual machines so they can perform hands-on programming and database management assignments from any location. The virtual lab, which was recently upgraded with federal grant money, can support up to 100 users at a time as students perform exercises such as high-speed trading simulations. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
Ohio University-Main Campus
Ohio University offers an online MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics. Students in the program are required to attend one professional development workshop that is held over a long weekend (Friday through Sunday) on the campus in Athens, Ohio. The MBA program lasts for six semesters, with each semester consisting of two seven-week terms. Students take one course each term. Most classes are offered asynchronously, but students may occasionally be required to log in at a set time for a live lecture session. Students specializing in business analytics take core MBA courses and courses in predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, and data management and business intelligence. Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must have maintained a 3.0 GPA during their undergraduate career. The program does not require GMAT scores, but applicants should have two to five years of professional experience.
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
The online version of Oklahoma State University's Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) is open to working professionals who have the required prerequisites, including programming skills (C, C#, C++, Java, SQL or Python), knowledge of basic statistics and probability, and basic business knowledge. The program director reviews all previous courses and experience to determine eligibility. Students may enter the distance-learning program in the spring or fall semester. Online students must complete 33 credits, including 21 credits in core classes along with electives. Students can use electives to gain SAS and OSU certificates in data mining, predictive analytics, or marketing data science. The MSBA, housed in the department of marketing, is an interdisciplinary program that blends coursework in analytics, marketing, statistics, business, MIS and industrial engineering. Oklahoma State has partnered with SAS, which has several representatives on the program's corporate advisory board, and students get hands-on experience with enterprise level software from SAS.
Quinnipiac University offers a completely online program leading to a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Students who complete the program also earn a Certificate in Business Analytics Using SAS. The 33-credit program requires students to earn 24 credits in core courses covering topics such as predictive modeling, data management, data warehousing, data mining, text mining, and data visualization. Students take three electives and can choose courses in topics such as insurance analytics, web analytics, or project management. Students are also required to complete a capstone project in which they use their knowledge to analyze a business challenge and provide solutions. Online students may start the program in the fall or spring semester. Applicants to the program are required to have degree in a quantitatively oriented field, such as math, statistics, computer science, accounting, finance, engineering, actuarial science, economics, or the natural sciences. Work experience with statistics and analytics is highly recommended.
The University of Alabama
Students interested in combining advanced marketing and data analytics can earn a Master of Science in Marketing with a specialization in Marketing Analytics from the University of Alabama. The 33-credit program is delivered completely online with no requirements for any campus visits. The program is designed for professionals with experience at the manager, administrator or supervisor level; it is also appropriate for some military personnel. The curriculum combines marketing courses with courses in statistical methods, statistical data management, and data mining. Marketing courses cover topics such as global business, global marketing management, marketing analysis, and import/export strategy. To earn the master's degree, students must also complete a capstone project. Applicants to the program should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3 and should have passed Calculus 1 with at least a B. The University of Alabama may accept up to six hours of transfer credit.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers an online Professional MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics. The program consists of eight core classes in topics such as financial accounting, business law and ethics, financial management, organizational behavior, marketing management, and strategic management. The four courses in business analytics cover topics such as databases and data warehouses, advanced queries and business reports, data mining, and advanced data analytics. Students can complete the program in as little as 16 to 24 months. Applicants to the program should have a 2.7 undergraduate GPA, although students who don't meet that requirement may be considered for the program if they have three years of consecutive professional work experience and exceed specific scores on the GMAT or GRE. UTC offers a variety of scholarships for online Professional MBA students, including a military scholarship, merit scholarship, and affiliate partner scholarship for students who meet specific criteria.
Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University offers a completely online accelerated MBA program that allows students to earn an MBA in Data Analytics. The 39-credit program can be completed in about 18 months. The college has six terms per year and courses run in eight-week sessions. Students may enter the MBA program in January, May or September. Students are required to earn 15 credits in core courses such as financial management, strategic operations management, and global strategic management. Data Analytics majors also take courses in managerial statistics, business forecasting, predictive analytics, and data analytics and visualization fieldwork. Some classes may occasionally require students to log in and participate at a set time. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 and two years of related professional or managerial work experience. Prerequisite classes include financial accounting, microeconomics, and statistics; a preparatory program covering those classes is available.
University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Alabama in Huntsville offers an online program leading to a Master of Science in Management Science-Business Analytics. Full-time students can complete the 30-credit program in a year, and students can enter the program in any semester. Applicants can have a bachelor's degree in any field. However, they must show they have basic skills in statistical analysis and in using a computer either before entering the program or as part of the curriculum for the degree. Students in the program take four core courses in management science, four in business analytics, and two electives. Management science courses cover topics such as foundations of accounting, quantitative methods, SVY modeling and simulation, and decision modeling. Business analytics classes include data management and data mining, business intelligence, and a capstone project in which students apply their skills to a real world business problem presented by a local organization. Online students may have a more limited choice of electives than on-campus students.
University of Maryland-College Park
The University of Maryland in College Park offers an online MBA program with a specialization in Information Systems and Business Analytics that focuses on managing and analyzing data and implementing information systems. The program requires two residencies. The opening residency is a three-day, on-campus program where students meet their faculty and classmates and get started in the program. The closing residency focuses on a capstone business experience. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months while continuing to work. Most classes are presented in an asynchronous format, although some classes may require live online videoconferencing. Classes in the specialization cover topics such as data analytics, managing digital businesses and platforms, and social media and web analytics. Students in the online program have access to a variety of career services including career coaching, access to the Smith School of Business online job database and recruiting system, and interview training.
University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix offers an online Master of Information Systems with Graduate Business Analytics Certificate (MIS/BA). The certificate option allows students to take career-focused courses earlier in the program, enabling them to earn an industry certification recognized by employers. Coursework aligns with both the Siebel CRM 8 Business Analyst Expert certification exam and the SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst certification exam. The University of Phoenix's College of Information Systems and Technology uses simulations and hands-on lab activities as part of its classwork. To earn the MIS/BA, students must complete at least 42 credits. Required coursework includes classes in IT infrastructure, enterprise models, systems analysis, data relationship management, analytic programming, and statistical business analytics. The University of Phoenix requires applicants to the master's program to have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university while maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5.
University of St Francis
The University of St. Francis offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics that can be completed fully online. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester and may take classes on a full-time or part-time basis. Students can complete the program in 12 months by taking four classes per semester (two classes per module, with two modules in a semester) for three straight semesters. USF allows students to begin taking classes in the concentration as soon as they enter the program, and classes focus on experiential learning such as case studies and team projects. The business analytics curriculum includes coursework in business forecasting and econometrics, enterprise resource computing, data mining, and business intelligence and analytics. Applicants to the MBA program should have a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75. They should also have two years of full-time experience in a management position.
West Virginia University
West Virginia University has introduced a Master of Science in Business Data Analytics that online students can complete in 12 months. Students complete courses in topics such as business intelligence, ethics and data collection, data management, statistical methods, data mining, decision science, business simulation modeling, and data visualization. The 30-credit program also includes a capstone business analytics practicum. The program is designed for students who have a technical or quantitative background, such as an undergraduate degree in engineering, math, statistics, computer science, economics, or a business discipline. Professional experience in a related area, such as data mining or warehousing, computer science, web analytics, or business intelligence will also be considered during the admission process. Students in the online program have access to all services offered by the College of Business and Economics' Center for Career Development, including the ability to participate in on-campus interviews with employment recruiters via phone or Skype.